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PornHub’s 2019 Survey Results Say People Want Realistic Sex…and Aliens

But what is "real" in the context of porn?

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It’s that time of year when we take a look at the past year and analyze success and high points. It’s a tradition, and everyone gets on board—even PornHub. The adult site has released its 2019 survey results, which looks at everything from how often people check out their site to what exactly people are watching. Surprisingly this year, their data shows people are searching for more realistic porn. Specifically, “real” people and “real” sex. What does that mean exactly? Well, let’s dig in.

Looking at the numbers, there is zero question that people love their PornHub. In 2019, their data shows that there was over 42 billion visits to the site, averaging around 115 million per day. They also shared that not only are people visiting the site a whole lot, but they are searching more for the content they’re really after. “This year must have been an adventurous one because there were over 39 billion searches performed,” reads their press release. Adding, “which is 8.7 billion more searches than last year.”

So that’s a considerable number but what are people searching for exactly? Apparently, what the people really want is “real” people having “real” sex with the number 1 search term for the year being “amateur.” PornHub spoke with Dr. Laurie Betito of the Sexual Wellness Center to see if she could shed light into what this means and here’s what she said:

“It seems that people are looking for more realistic depictions of sex. ‘Real’ people vs. actors seems to be the draw. It’s interesting that more and more people are putting themselves out there as amateurs. Sex has become so much less taboo than those who get a kick out of exhibitionism can do so with very little experience or equipment. The message is: anyone can be a porn star!”

If we were to just look at that stat, it seems like a fuzzy and warm idea. Perhaps there will be less pressure to look and perform like a typical porn star in the near future, and it’s not a bad thing to want more realistic depictions.

However, that bubble bursts the second you look at the second-most searched term on PornHub, which is “Alien”—about as far away from “real” as you can get. “‘Alien’ also topped the list of searches that defined 2019, part of the epic lead up to the ‘storming’ of Area 51 that affected the population and urged them to seek a more immediate release,” their press release reads.

What we do know for sure is people search for what they like–and we’re not sure if people know what that is exactly.